Music Pioneer Tom Howard Dies During Hike; Suffers Massive Heart Attack
By Harmony Wheeler, Bully! Pulpit News
(Los Angeles, CA) -- Music Producer and recording artist Tom Howard, known for his work with a variety of artists like Larry Norman, CeCe Winans, Sixpence None The Richer, Dolly Parton and Lynyrd Skynyrd, died of a massive heart attack on Thursday while hiking with family at Edwin Warner Park in Nashville, according to online reports. Writing on Howard's Facebook page, friend and musical collaborator Jennifer Goetz noted, “he didn't feel well, complained of feeling nauseous. After a little while he collapsed and they tried to revive him. By the time the paramedics got there he was gone."
Remembered for his musical genius as a recording artist, producer and arranger, Howard was a friend to many artists in his adopted home town of Nashville, He grew up surrounded by an artistic culture in the Twin Cities and remembered conducting an orchestra on the radio from his living room as a child. He recorded his debut album, “A View From the Bridge,” in 1978 with Larry Norman’s Solid Rock record label and was one of a select group of devout Christian musicians Norman assembled to be a part of his musical community along with Randy Stonehill, Daniel Amos, Mark Heard, and others who performed on each others' records and tours. In subsequent years, Howard went on to release several more albums including The Harvest and Danger In Loving You and composed movie scores and arranged string accompaniments for hundreds of artists.
Howard is survived by his wife, Dori and children, Katie and Joseph.